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  1. Having spent much effort and money 50 years ago to avoid joining either, I wonder which side he was cheering for in the game. Nice to see the forces welcome the old draft dodger with such warmth...
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    France's 'yellow vests' clash with police in Paris

    They jacked up the price of cigarettes enormously when it was decided they polluted too much, proving that they can jack up a price and expect people either to pay up or stop using. This diesel tax is the latter, as is the cigarette tax hike. Also needed is a way of building electric cars without the massive secondary use of diesel (used in 97% of sea going transport) and the incredibly dirty batteries which go round the world a couple of times before being fitted in the car and which use lithium, extraction which creates a lot of pollution. Hydrogen cells are the way ahead but the hugely rich oil companies won't provide the infrastructure necessary to make them effective as they have unfinished business, desperately trying to drain the ground of oil asap.
  3. Many yaba users believe it is a medicine. And that is just as deluded as those that think alcohol and cigs are not drugs. If Bangkok is to be truly drug-free, that will cause quite a few problems in the hospitals and health centres.
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    Thai authorities crack down on Phuket taxi mafia

    Oh no, another crack down. If they have too many more the country will be all cracked out (within 45 days). Can someone please set up a crack down calendar so we can see how all the cracking is progressing. Either that or could the government have a crack down on the crack downs please.
  5. Not a problem at all. Merely helps the slavery program. Force prisoners to work making things like US mail bags and electronic stuff and pay them next to nothing. Its quite a money spinner You'd have thought that anyone with a scintilla of sense would see that repeating the mistake of prohibition in the 20s would end up with the same result but no. Again the government actions have increased the problem. Surprise, surprise. Thailand try copying the ideas and, guess what - same result. Once prohibition was scrapped, the illegal alcohol activity - largely run by the mafia - reduced enormously (the mafia merely moved into other products). Illegal consumption of alcohol reduced to almost nil (as it wasnt illegal any more) and the problem was declared solved. Of course, the damage caused to society by alcohol continued - road slaughter, violence and more violence, but as it is legal, this is deemed to be more acceptable. The only way to make Bangkok drug free by 2015 will be to redefine the drugs as not drugs. Very much in the same way as alcohol is not now viewed as a dangerous drug by the terminally uninformed. Not gonna happen though.
  6. How about getting a bag with a lock or buy a small padlock to secure the case. Not exactly rocket surgery is it?
  7. But the key difference with the police with guns in the British parilament, my little red shirted friend, is that said police and not under the control or instruction of the the speaker of the house and would not be called upon to clear the house of commons if the opposition stood up and "Booed" as "Iancnx" has stated the guns are pointing outwards, they are not charged with maintaining/invoking parilamentary "disipline" Would this be the same parliament that has a device know as a guillotine which can cut short a debate and proceed to a vote because the Speaker thinks the debate is getting nowhere and could be timed out?
  8. Obviously the FM has his own definition of what technically constitutes a recession. His may be different to the generally accepted definition used by almost all other governments, economic and financial institutions but that's his Thainess showing through. He's not adverse to the odd white lie, as long as its in the public interest of course. And, he has demonstrated his grip and solid understanding of financial management and controls by his accurate and timely detailed information on the rice pledging fiasco. Clearly, the right FM for PTP. The clue is here .. "the 2.8-per-cent year-on-year growth rate in the second quarter should be the lowest quarterly figure for the economy this year." Because the growth rate has declined in the last 2 quarters, the 'experts' are saying it is a recession. However, the 'generally accepted definition used by almost all other governments, economic and financial institutions' is for a contraction in the GDP over 2 quarters, not a reduction in growth rate. It may seem odd, but the FM is actually correct and agrees with the economists. The US, UK and Europe would dearly love a 'recession' that meant only 2.8% growth in a quarter. Well done. You have copied Kittirat in twisting the figures to make them look good. The usual definition of (a technical) recession is 2 quarters of declining growth. Nothing to do with the Y-on-Y figures. The decline (or increase) is measured against the previous quarter. The second quarter had a -0.7% 'growth'. Not a huge recession but one nevertheless. Well done, you have fallen into the trap of not understanding the proper definition of a recession. Investopedia puts it nicely.. Definition of 'Recession'A significant decline in activity across the economy, lasting longer than a few months. It is visible in industrial production, employment, real income and wholesale-retail trade. The technical indicator of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth as measured by a country's gross domestic product (GDP); although the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) does not necessarily need to see this occur to call a recession. So just because the NBER or anyone else calls a recession, it is not because it actually is a recession but because they want to. This reduction in the growth rate is not a recession proper and would not be called a recession by reputable economists. Only by those wishing to make a great drama out of a bit of an economic slow-down.
  9. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2181026/India-train-32-people-burned-death-inferno-rips-overnight-express-slept.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23751270 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22088842 all this year And a nice timeline here from 2011 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/7897662/India-train-crash-timeline-of-deadly-railway-accidents.html Perhaps India was not such a good example. The Burmese railway was also inherited from the British. Beautiful station buildings, appalling track and rolling stock. Any railway gets a bit dangerous when they have little or no maintenance over a 50 year period. This minister is asking for minor, easily achieved and almost cost-free improvements to be made initially. Better than coming up with the idea of a 500mph hover train to be built within 6 months. Seems extraordinarily sensible really.
  10. A job description which applies to MPs in almost every country. These days it is a career, not a calling or a wish to improve people's lots. Often chosen by rubbish lawyers who are unable to get their snout deep enough in the trough in the legal business. They become MPs and pass needlessly complex laws which require more lawyers to interpret, some of whom are useless so become MPs. And so the cycle continues...
  11. Obviously the FM has his own definition of what technically constitutes a recession. His may be different to the generally accepted definition used by almost all other governments, economic and financial institutions but that's his Thainess showing through. He's not adverse to the odd white lie, as long as its in the public interest of course. And, he has demonstrated his grip and solid understanding of financial management and controls by his accurate and timely detailed information on the rice pledging fiasco. Clearly, the right FM for PTP. The clue is here .. "the 2.8-per-cent year-on-year growth rate in the second quarter should be the lowest quarterly figure for the economy this year." Because the growth rate has declined in the last 2 quarters, the 'experts' are saying it is a recession. However, the 'generally accepted definition used by almost all other governments, economic and financial institutions' is for a contraction in the GDP over 2 quarters, not a reduction in growth rate. It may seem odd, but the FM is actually correct and agrees with the economists. The US, UK and Europe would dearly love a 'recession' that meant only 2.8% growth in a quarter.
  12. Not that it really matters if he is or isn't. It is still a tough job and some one has to do it. The real reason I post here is I was wondering if I am correct in assuming that the Daily Mail is the same caliber of reporting as The Nation? edot spelling Don't know about the Daily Mail. Will have to get the guys from the UK's input on this. Famous as the newspaper that supported Hitler in the 30s. 70+ years later, its political views have changed little and it panders to the sort who think education is a waste of good money.
  13. No, but the cost of travel is likely to increase. Also it means you delay a year the point where you leave education with the £50000 debt and also reduce by a year the pay-back period (30 years) With one son about to start his second year and one about to start his first, I have worked out it will be much better for me if they take a gap year. Good for them too, as they can see the world a bit and learn about how others live.
  14. One thing that astonishes me is the extremely high price of yaba. 300bt is equal to a days pay at minimum wage. Translate that to the UK or USA and the price works out at £50/$58 PER TABLET!! Normally when an addictive drug is flooding the market the price drops so more punters can be drawn in. In the case of yaba, exactly the opposite has happened and the price has increased dramatically and the quality reduced (which often increases sales - more needed to get the effect). At bulk production rates, the cost of making a single tab is probably less than 5bt which means a colossal mark up being collected by somebody. I'm sure that this stuff is not used exclusively by the well paid so the first obvious question is : How do users afford to buy? Its not going to be by working and its unlikely to be as a result of wise stock exchange investment. and secondly : Where does the money from the huge mark up go? Not to the front line dealers like the one in this story. With an estimated 1.1m addicts in Thailand, assuming just one tablet a day means a market value of over 300m Bt per day or 11 billion a year. Where is all this money coming from???
  15. Uninformed rubbish indeed. The reality is 1 Legalise gambling in Thailand 2 The people amass massive gambling debts 3 Organisers get very rich using unfair odds, Poor Thais get poorer While gamblers will all tell you about how much they have won, the reality is that most people lose. If you don't believe that, show me a poor bookmaker
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